Monday, April 11, 2011

Top 10 Challenged Books of 2010 (ALA)

The ALA's Office of Intellectual Freedom released their top 10 challenged books of 2010 today.  So here it is for you to see.  For more information, visit the OIF website at the link below.
Out of 348 challenges as reported by the Office for Intellectual Freedom
  1. And Tango Makes Three, by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson
    Reasons: homosexuality, religious viewpoint, and unsuited to age group
  2. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie
    Reasons: offensive language, racism, sex education, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, and violence
  3. Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
    Reasons: insensitivity, offensive language, racism, and sexually explicit
  4. Crank, by Ellen Hopkins
    Reasons: drugs, offensive language, and sexually explicit
  5. The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins
    Reasons: sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, and violence
  6. Lush, by Natasha Friend
    Reasons: drugs, offensive language, sexually explicit, and unsuited to age group
  7. What My Mother Doesn't Know, by Sonya Sones 
    Reasons: sexism, sexually explicit, and unsuited to age group
  8. Nickel and Dimed, by Barbara Ehrenreich 
    Reasons: drugs, inaccurate, offensive language, political viewpoint, and religious viewpoint
  9. Revolutionary Voices, edited by Amy Sonnie
    Reasons:  homosexuality and sexually explicit
  10. Twilight, by Stephenie Meyer
    Reasons: religious viewpoint and violence
Have you come across any of these books being challenged wherever you're living/working?  What do you think of the reasons given for the challenges?  Personally, I think a few of them are just ridiculous, but that doesn't seem to stop people from challenging them anyway.  Also, I think people really just need to get over the whole Tango thing.  That book has been on top ten lists for far too long.  When the full list is published over the summer, I will post more books and information for you to read.

Thanks for listening!

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